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Girl Scouts council drops Planned Parenthood
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Posted on 02/25/2004 12:02:15 AM PST by JohnHuang2

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Girl Scouts council drops Planned Parenthood
Local group's action comes after boycott of famed cookies staged


Posted: February 25, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

A local Girls Scout council in Waco, Texas, has decided not to cosponsor two sex-education programs with Planned Parenthood after a local professor protested the affiliation by starting a boycott of the youth group's famous cookies.

The Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts made the decision to pull out of the events sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, after the youth group began receiving complaints from around the nation.

Though the council's board voted to end the sponsorship, its executive director said the action was not meant to be interpreted as a stance against abortion, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

"Our policies basically state that we do not take a position on issues like abortion," Director Beth Vivio told the paper. "We feel these are private matters that need to be discussed or determined by each family."

Vivio said some members took issue with the Girl Scouts logo being a part of brochures for two sex-education programs, including one directed at pre-teens called "Nobody's Fool."

While John Pisciotta, the Baylor professor who called for the boycott, applauds the recent action, he hopes the council will divorce itself entirely from Planned Parenthood, the Waco paper reported.

"I hope they will do this and this whole thing can end," he said.

Rather than the cookie boycott, Pisciotta credits national media coverage for turning the tide with the council.

"The pressure came when local, Web and national news outlets picked up the story," he said in a statement.

"Faced with a crisis of public relations that was growing each day, the council initiated the divorce. Indeed, the resolution adopted appears to come from national headquarters."

Pisciotta, who is part of the organization Pro-Life Waco, quoted one girl scout telling Vivio: "Your link to [Planned Parenthood] is forcing us to choose between our religious faith and Girl Scouts."

The executive director of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas says she was shocked by the council's decision.

"I'm sick to think that an organization as illustrious as the Girl Scouts would make a decision based on one person's political agenda," Pam Smallwood told the Tribune-Herald. "The children of Central Texas now have been given the clear message that the bullying tactics of a few are more successful than an informed democracy."

The report states Donna Coody, a former Girl Scout troop leader in Crawford, is starting her own girls organization after breaking with the council over the issue. While the recent decision won't cause her to go back to the organization, she says it's " fantastic" the council, which represents 6,000 girls, heard the complaints and took action.




TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: girlscouts; gsa; plannedparenthood
Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Quote of the Day by LadyX

1 posted on 02/25/2004 12:02:15 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
In a related note the Girl Scouts also said they had no stand against murder, rape and incest. "We do not take positions on these matters" the Council President said.

You know, FReeper parents should know about the alternatives to the Girl Scouts in their area.

2 posted on 02/25/2004 12:06:25 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: Howlin
Is there a female FReeper ping list??? or a parents one??
3 posted on 02/25/2004 12:07:02 AM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: JohnHuang2
He, he!

"I'm sick to think that an organization as illustrious as the Girl Scouts would make a decision based on one person's political agenda,"

Don't any of these clones ever make a statement that isn't focus-group tested?

4 posted on 02/25/2004 12:07:07 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball
The Girl Scout council in Maryland owned a fabulous camp not far from Baltimore.
A few years ago, the organization decided to sell the camp, take the cash, and buy a new office building!
Nonprofit organizations are often run for the aggrandizement of their professional leadership rather than for the publicly stated purpose.
Professional leadership in nonprofits usually has a horizontal background (across other nonprofits)
rather than a vertical background (ie. within the Girl Scout organization).
Leadership is committed to "Nonprofit Professional Management" rather than the particular organization's public goals.
The Professionals can even pervert an organizations goals.
The Girl Scouts, at least nationally, have embraced the L think and have thus avoided the confrontation that the Boy Scout battle.

The last camp fire may have been the torching of principal as well as the girl's cabins.
5 posted on 02/25/2004 1:32:36 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: JohnHuang2
It's about time people stood up to those perverts running the GSA.
6 posted on 02/25/2004 2:04:25 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Tax-chick; TaxRelief
PING
7 posted on 02/25/2004 2:58:35 AM PST by Huber (Individuality, liberty, property-this is man.These 3 gifts from God precede all legislation-Bastiat)
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To: JohnHuang2
Kudos to John Pisciotta.
8 posted on 02/25/2004 3:17:06 AM PST by Drango (Liberals give me a rash that even penicillin can't cure.)
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To: Bonaparte
It's about time people stood up to those perverts running the GSA.


Agreed, and I think that we should all boycott the cookies to send them a message.

9 posted on 02/25/2004 5:11:09 AM PST by garylmoore (It is as it was)
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To: JohnHuang2
"Our policies basically state that we do not take a position on issues like abortion

When you don't have a stand on anything, you stand for nothing.

10 posted on 02/25/2004 5:21:14 AM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: GeronL
I'd like to know what the hell they DO take a stance on. Spineless fools.
11 posted on 02/25/2004 5:50:22 AM PST by GigaDittos (Bumper sticker: "Vote Democrat, it's easier than getting a job.")
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To: GeronL
In a related note the Girl Scouts also said they had no stand against murder, rape and incest. "We do not take positions on these matters" the Council President said.

Yes, these matters are best left up to each individual as their CHOICE.

12 posted on 02/25/2004 7:34:20 AM PST by montag813
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To: JohnHuang2
This story is cause for hope. It shows that not all university professors are cowardly, treasonous, atheistic, amoral & disingenuos Marxist scum.
13 posted on 02/25/2004 7:53:52 AM PST by Dionysius
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To: GigaDittos
They probably dont want to take a stand. Look what happened to the boy scouts...
14 posted on 02/25/2004 8:46:26 AM PST by cameronsmom
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To: JohnHuang2
Our policies basically state that we do not take a position on issues like abortion

Then why co-sponsor an event with such a pro abortion group as PP ?

15 posted on 02/25/2004 8:53:15 AM PST by BSunday (I'm not the bad guy)
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Girl Scouts council drops Planned Parenthood
Local group's action comes after boycott of famed cookies staged
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37278

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16 posted on 02/25/2004 11:44:21 AM PST by Coleus (Help Tyler Schicke http://tylerfund.org/ Burkitt's leukemia)
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